Hip Hop Saved My Life
A Freedom Project Brain Café – Thursday, April 17 @ 7:30pm – Free
This Brain Café will examine the role of hip hop in the fight for social justice.
Tricia Rose, professor at Brown University and author of Black Noise and The Hip Hop Wars, will argue that hip hop artists, and the commercialization of black popular culture more generally, have more power than ever to shape racial and gender images, perceptions and policies. Case Closed!, Everett’s resident hip hop company, will present dances and stories that share the ways hip hop has impacted their lives. These pieces will touch upon issues of incarceration, portrayals of women, and poverty.
Everett Stage: 9 Duncan Ave Providence, RI 02906
About Freedom Project:
Everett has embarked upon a multi-year research and creation process for the development of a new touring piece. Freedom Project will be a multidisciplinary documentary theater production that shares the stories of people who have been marginalized by America’s criminal justice system. The project will examine and critique that system through the juxtapositions of personal stories with jarring statistics that reveal gross racial and socio-economic disparities in the way the law is applied especially in regard to the War on Drugs.
Extensive interviews are being conducted with formerly incarcerated individuals, their families, and those working in criminal justice, law enforcement, advocacy and corrections. Everett Company members are also conducting theater, dance and comedy improvisation workshops and performances in area prisons and training schools.
Brown University is a development and producing partner in Freedom Project, co-producing a series of public workshops, forums, and in-progress previews at both Brown and Everett Stage. Freedom Project will premiere in Spring 2015 at Brown’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts and will be available for touring through 2017.
This Brain Café is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.